EASTER: Wow, what a morning! The Sunrise Service at Water Works Park was beautiful and powerful. Over 450 people gathered in a beautiful space to remember and respond to the Resurrection. Check out the picture below. A full moon was rising and a cool breeze was blowing. The flower cross and amazing music were enjoyed by friends, family, and pets. If you weren’t able to be there, check out my Easter Message. We explored our own tombs and celebrated the Resurrection last Sunday (Magrey’s Easter message here),
Starting this Sunday, we will practice living it in the Rise: 12 Steps with Jesus. Rise will offer a 6 week worship series and a congregational booklet that participants can do on your own or in a group. Messages will focus on the steps and how they connect with following Jesus. Everyone has hurts, habits, hang ups, and/or addictions that inhibit them from deeper love of God, others, and themselves. The 12 steps are for you, because in your life you have or will experience powerlessness. Check out the RISE video.

  • Starting the 2nd week in May, two groups will begin that walk people through the 12 Steps. NOTE: You don’t have to be an addict/alcoholic.
  • Sunday, May 8 at 9:30 a.m. will be led by Joe. SIGN UP.
  • Tuesday, May 10 at 6 p.m. will be led by me. SIGN UP.

SURRENDER TO WHAT? I remember vividly when I surrendered to the gravity of my situation. I didn’t surrender to God, just to the truth that I couldn’t fix my life. That’s the spiritual principle of Step 1.
Come wave the white flag Sunday.

BTW, I’ll be preaching on Sunday and then leaving for Israel until Early May. Hope to see you then!

You are Loved. Justin

ART + OPEN MIC NIGHT: 6 p.m. Friday, Apr. 22 | Sign up to perform
HABITAT SERVE DAY: Our “BIG” Habitat for Humanity build day for our Cafe Manager, Mindi, and her daughter is on April 30. Sign up here.
BUY a BAG of Coffee: We are 35 bags away from our monthly goal.
CAFE is hiring a Part-time Barista. We have opportunities at The Cafe (Tues – Fri) during the week and at Hyde Park on Sunday mornings! Excited to announce that there will be a Portico Coffee Cart Sunday mornings at The Hyde Park Location starting 4/24. Email to explore.

FOR MORE: https://conta.cc/3v3o1fe

The Rev. Justin LaRosa, LCSW

Director & Minister

The Portico


O: 813.222.2299 | M: 813.444.2941

1001 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, FL 33602

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